Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it…Training takes a time and commitment. It is easier to train a child than to change an adult. Many parents believe that their children will never fall into sin, because they have trained their child in the ways of the Lord. Sadly, this is not always the case. But the promise that your child will not depart is something we can claim. Although they may stray-they will return to the Lord. That is our promise. We stand in the gap by praying and trusting God to move in their hearts.
What does it mean to stand in the gap? As a christian parent, one must always remember what these words mean to us. When I think of standing in the gap, I envision myself standing in the space between the enemy and my child. It doesn’t matter how old they are, they are still your child. When I know that they are experiencing trials and tribulations, I know I must increase prayer and stand in the gap. Just as a mother bear protects their cubs, we are standing in the gap protecting our child from the enemies of their soul.
Parents who have their children struggling with addictions need to stand in that gap and claim deliverance and healing in their child’s whole being. There is power in prayer. Speak the word of God into their lives. Live life to the fullest and claim it for your child!